With today marking the first full week into August (with ‘Back to School’ tv commercials creeping in), some parents know that a smooth September (free of anxious tears) starts with taking a few baby steps now.
As a trained Montessori teacher, I’m always happy to see that most children arrive prepared their first day, appearing well-behaved and showing promising signs of independence!
From a teacher’s perspective, this means children are settled emotionally, and show they have an awareness about the importance of “listening ears”!
It's sure to be a great year, especially if a balance can be established from the start – that children are allowed to express a reasonable amount of “sillies” with their friends (a normal and expected aspect of children’s -- and adults'! social development), while at the same time observing their capability of redirecting behaviour in the classroom if things get (ahem) a little carried away.
With situations involving a room full of playful children, that generally defines what life in the classroom is like on any given day.) Let's just say, never a boring moment!
One of the main cornerstones of my teacher training was to practice and develop observation skills. Throughout my years working with children I have journaled and recorded notes on what works and what doesn’t in terms of interacting with children within their learning environment, whether that includes classroom time or play time.
Over the coming weeks leading to school, I thought I would share some little snippets of ideas on what we as adults can do to help ease children's entry into the classroom, with a focus on what the teacher's expectations of them will be.
Keeping in mind that the more time kids have to settle into routine the smoother the start to the school year, we may consider taking a little action now (while still in relaxed summer mode) to provide children the consistency they need for a successful start.
Stay tuned for Easy Autumn Tip #1 starting tomorrow, Monday, August 8th!